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Cherubs (or cherubim) are described as a class of heavenly or angelic beings. In Jewish and Christian cosmologies, cherubs are associated with the presence of God, either directly or indirectly, as they are depicted as having active or symbolic presences in diverse theophanic circum…

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Smith, Eric C., “Cherubs”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 19 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2018

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